|Signing up for 529 Garage was quick & easy.|
Get Your Bike Back
To help return bikes to their proper owners & possibly discourage theft in the first place, the VPD & the City of Vancouver are partnering with an American organization that has developed a new registration system that includes a smart phone app called 529 Garage.
The eventual goal is to make every bike in Canada & the US traceable in a single database. The Vancouver Police Department are committed to registering 10,000 Vancouver bicycles for free in the first three years of the registry.
|Applying a 529 Garage shield to our Yuba Mundo|
- Register online at project529.com.
- Take photos & fill in info about your bike, including the serial number.
- Download the free app for your Android or Apple device.
- Optional: buy a shield sticker to put on your bike that helps police know the bike is registered
What does it cost?
You don't have to buy a 529 Garage shield to log your bike in the system--so it is free to join. If you want to put the sticker on your bike--this will make it that much easier for police to know it's logged, & possibly deter thieves--you can purchase a sticker online or in stores. One registration kit including the 529 Garage sticker is $10, or you can get a four bike kit for $25, both on project529.com.
|Log it, lock it, or lose it: 529 Garage kits at MEC|
Buy your shield online, as I mentioned earlier, or at MEC, or you can grab yours & sign up at the same time during Bike To Work Week at the following locations:
Tuesday, October 27
- 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at 2120 Cambie Street
- 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Union & Gore
- 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Heather & West 10th Avenue
- 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Stadium SkyTrain Station at Dunsmuir & Beatty Street
- 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. outside Science World
I registered Monday morning at the media launch for 529 Garage outside the Vancouver Police headquarters. It only took longer than a minute because I was chatting with the officers & the CTV news people who were there. It really was easy to join. The only difficult thing was putting the shield on the bike--the stickers are very fragile so they can't easily be removed, which means you have to be extremely careful when putting them on or they fragment into tiny pieces.
Overall, I like anything that discourages bike theft--I hope that having the 529 stickers on our bikes will make them less attractive to thieves. I think 529 Garage will only work well if it has a big uptake--the more people join, the more eyeballs on the street who can see that your bike is missing & report it to police if they see it around. I think it's good to encourage people to log the serial number of their bike & I like that you don't have to buy the stickers or pay anything to use the program.
So... what are you waiting for? Head over to project529.com or one of the Bike To Work Week locations, & log your bike now!
Disclaimer: I received several free 529 Garage stickers at the media launch, but was not asked to write about this program or compensated in any way.
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